2016 La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja

SKU #5063455
Winery Notes- Intense garnet red colour, with a clear rim. Outstanding aromatic intensity on the nose, with spicy and balsamic liquorice, clove, nutmeg and black pepper notes, enveloping a subtle hint of ripe red fruit: brandied cherry and raspberry jam. The palate is well balanced, fresh, with a broad range of flavours and soft, round tannins, leading to a spicy, balsam-like aftertaste on the finish. A Viña Ardanza in its prime and with a long life ahead of it.
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JOHN GILMAN: 93
JOHN GILMAN REVIEW: La Rioja Alta’s 2016 Viña Ardanza “Reserva” is composed in this vintage from a cépages of eighty percent tempranillo and twenty percent garnacha. The wine is raised entirely in four year-old American oak casks for three years prior to bottling. The wine comes in at 14.5 percent alcohol in the 2016 vintage and offers up a deep and complex bouquet of black raspberries, cloves, cigar wrapper, incipient meatiness, black tea, a fine base of soil, just a touch of lavender and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and focused, with excellent depth at the core, ripe, chewy tannins, lovely balance and a long, complex and very promising finish. In a pinch, I would have no problems drinking this lovely wine today, but it does really deserve some more bottle aging to soften up its tannins a bit more and really blossom. It is a fine bottle in the making.
JAMES SUCKLING RATING: 95
JAMES SUCKLING REVIEW: Savory and complex with dried orange peel, cedar and plenty of sweet spices, walnuts, caramel, dried mushrooms and pine needles. Shows maturity here, with a medium body and superb freshness. Incredibly long finish with lots of truffle and walnut. Lasts over a minute. Very complete now, but you can still hold it.
ROBERT PARKER RATING: 94+
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The 2016 Viña Ardanza Reserva was produced with 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha that matured in used American oak barrels for three years, where it was hand-racked from barrel to barrel six times in the case of Tempranillo and five times for the Garnacha, as it had a slightly shorter élevage of 30 months. Against all odds, I found the 2016 to be fresher than the 2015 and less developed, despite the fact that winemaker Julio Sáenz told me he considers it a warmer year. But I have found many wines I like in 2016, and the wine feels very clean and quite harmonious, younger and less developed, with more primary notes and a velvety mouthfeel. 600,000 bottles produced. The wine was bottled in June 2020.
WINE SPECTATOR RATING: 93
WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: An intriguing red, with steeped raspberry, balsamico, dried black cherry, iron and iodine aromas and flavors. Silky on the palate and finely knit, this is a rich, medium-bodied red that offers supple tannins. A lovely example of Rioja in a more traditional style, this should open well in the decanter or with time in the cellar. Tempranillo and Garnacha. Best from 2025 through 2033.
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Vintage 2016
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Bottle Size 750ml
Alcohol %- 14.5
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